Check out our free Saint Louis vs Saint Joseph’s pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Saint Louis vs Saint Joseph’s Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Billikens vs Hawks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Saint Louis Billikens at Saint Joseph’s Hawks
  • Where: Philadelphia at Hagan Arena
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Saint Louis -7, STLOU -318 | STJOE +247 O/U 148.5

Billikens Preview:

Through 13 games, the Saint Louis Billikens have an overall record of 8-5. So far, the Billikens have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 1-2. This season, Saint Louis has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 7-4. For today’s contest, Saint Louis have a betting line set -7 points in their favor.

Saint Louis’ leading scorer this season is Yuri Collins who is averaging 12.69 points per contest. So far, Collins has accounted for 16.47% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.62 rebounds per game and 10.31 assists. Gibson Jimerson is the second leading scorer for the Billikens, averaging 12.69 points per game. Between him and Jimerson, they are accounting for 32.9% of the team’s scoring.

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So far this season, Saint Louis has put together a strong scoring offense at 76.4 points per game (58th). This strong figure has come despite the Billikens playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.9% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Saint Louis’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.4%

Hawks Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Saint Louis, the Saint Joseph’s Hawks will be taking the floor for the 13th time this season and have an overall record of 6-6. So far this season, Saint Joseph’s has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-5. For the season, Saint Joseph’s has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 1-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Hawks being +7 point underdogs.

Saint Joseph’s’ leading scorer this season is Erik Reynolds Jr. who is averaging 18.58 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 25.0% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.0 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists. Cameron Brown is the second leading scorer for the Hawks, averaging 13.75 points per game. Between him and Brown, they are accounting for 43.5% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Saint Joseph’s this season, as they are currently ranked 310th in college basketball at 67.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Hawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 280th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Saint Joseph’s Hawks +7

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Saint Louis as the favorites with a line coming in at -7. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Saint Joseph’s Hawks to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Saint Louis at 7.35 made 3’s per game compared to Saint Joseph’s at 10.6. Look for Saint Joseph’s to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Billikens.

 


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